It’s really easy to get obsessed with an idea, especially if it’s one that you haven’t reasoned yourself into.
There’s an awesome quote: “You can’t reason someone out of something, they didn’t reason themselves into.”
Which basically means that if you’re obsessed with something for no apparent reason, it’s not as easy to use logic or facts to get yourself out of it. This could range from someones religion or dietary beliefs or in this case… habits.
“The Perfect Time To Write”
When I first started this blog, I made it a habit to write my blog posts in the morning, really early.
So back at home my routine would be to wake up at six, walk my dog for 30 minutes and listen to an audiobook, get my coffee cookin’ and then “get my groove on” until the coffee was ready.
THEN the writing starts.
Because of this little habit of mine, I got obsessed with the idea that I do my best writing work in the morning.
The absurd part about this is that I NEVER TRIED WRITING AT ANY OTHER TIME OF THE DAY. So how would I know when my best time to write would be?
The Problem With This
This little routine got a lot harder when I moved out here to Montenegro (for two months).
I’m really bad with my sleeping habits. I often have trouble falling asleep in new environments and if you couple that with a bad habit or idea, such as drinking coffee at 6 in the evening to “work harder”, you’re probably going to have a lot of trouble getting any sleep until 4 AM.
Surprisingly, if you have trouble getting any sleep until 4 AM, you’re also going to have trouble getting up at 6 AM, believe it or not. Okay maybe you don’t, perhaps you’re stronger than me.
So.. I couldn’t get off my ass up until 10-11 or something like that, then I had to make breakfast, deal with coffee to get up properly, check my mail because it was so late and a billion other things.
Then I finally sat down to write my blog posts, and decided it was too LATE to write, at 11:46. And this would go on for days and days, sometimes.
Well tonight I decided to prove myself wrong.
It was 19:11 when I pulled the charger cord off my laptop, made a cup of green tea (instead of coffee) and came on my balcony to write an article.
“Do the things you do best, outsource the rest” was born in a bit under two hours, with no problems at all, in the evening.
So I decided to push this to the limit and wrote this very article, too, in the evening.
Stop Obsessing Over Ideas
Hopefully this little story showed you what I mean by “get out of your head”.
I’m almost 100% certain that you have these type of false truths and habits as well.
Analyze these type of rules and boundaries you set for yourself, and see if they’re real. These could be as simple as my first obsession, or maybe the usual “I’m not a morning person” (which I also used to believe as a kid)..
When you find that little quirk and demolish it with your willpower and brilliant mind, it’s going to feel EPIC!
Enjoy that moment, but don’t stop looking for those things.
While writing this article, I realized I have a second silly rule I’ve been following regarding writing.
I never write more than two articles in a row.
Well that’s going to change now as well, I’m not getting off this balcony until I finish the article for next Tuesday as well..
To thank you for reading this whole thing to the end, you get to know the title of the next article before ANYONE else:
Your life will never get any easier.